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The Malagasy language is the principal language spoken on the island of Madagascar. It is also spoken by Malagasy communities on neighboring Indian Ocean islands such as Reunion and Comoros. Large expatriate Malagasy communities speaking the language also exist in France, Quebec, and to a lesser extent Belgium.
There are two principal dialects of Malagasy, namely, Merina (eastern) and Sakalava (western).  Malagasy is one of two official languages alongside French in the 2010 constitution.  It is the language of instruction in all public schools through grade five for all subjects, and remains the language of instruction through high school for the subjects of history and Malagasy language.

Levels Taught Instructor
Malagasy Elementary I (First semester of Malagasy ) Mr. Matthew Winterton
Malagasy Elementary II (Second semester of Malagasy )  
Malagasy Intermediate I (Third semester of Malagasy )  
Malagasy Intermediate I (Fourth semester of Malagasy )  

The level I and II courses are offered in the fall and spring, respectively.

For more information about African Languages at Penn please email the Director of African Language Program,
Dr. Audrey N Mbeje, or call: (215) 898-4299

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